“The Three-Body Problem” Series ‘Pushes a Lot of the Same Buttons’ as “Game of Thrones”

“It’s like a science-fiction show that is painted on a very large canvas of space and time,” says the Game of Thrones co-creator.

Chinese author Cixin Liu penned The Three-Body Problem and its sequels, The Dark Forest and Death’s End. The first book, published in 2008, tells of humanity’s first contact with aliens. Against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, an alien civilization on the brink of collapse receives signals sent out into space by a secret military project on Earth and now has plans to invade the planet.

The Three-Body Project TV series was “the main thing” Weiss says he and Benioff wanted to do once they cemented their relationship with Netflix.

“We lived in that world [of Game of Thrones] literally and figuratively for a long, long time,” he explains. “It just felt like, for us, it was time to move on and get excited and terrified about building something else — building lots of something elses.”

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